The primary goal of the CTHB is to promote the health of trees native to South Africa through the use of biotechnology. To accomplish this, CTHB projects typically consider the pathogens and pests that are associated with native trees and woody hosts. The CTHB also explores the possible effects that factors such as climate change, society, natural forest health and plant genetics may have on the health of native woody resources and ecosystems.

The CTHB is hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. Within FABI it is intimately linked to the Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP), a research programme that has a track record of more than two decades in dealing with the pests and diseases of commercially important forestry species.

The CTHB is structured as a virtual Centre of Excellence that conducts scientific research via a collaborative network, with the node of the network represented by researchers at UP. In addition to the UP group, this network involves researchers and their postgraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. These institutions include the Agricultural Research Council, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Free State and Rhodes University.

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McTaggart AR, Doungsa-ard C, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2015) Uromycladium acaciae, the cause of a sudden, severe disease epidemic on Acacia mearnsii in South Africa. Australasian Plant Pathology 10.1007/s13313-015-0381-4
Harrison JdG, Wingfield MJ. (2015) A taxonomic review of white grubs and leaf chafers (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) recorded from forestry and agricultural crops in Sub-Saharan Africa. Bulletin of Entomological Research :1-13. 10.1017/S0007485315000565
Payn T, Silva LN, Rodriguez L, Orazio C, Liu S, Kollert W, Kimberley M, Freer-Smith P, Camus J-M, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Changes in planted forests and future global implications. Forest Ecology and Management 352:57-67. 10.1016/j.foreco.2015.06.021 PDF
Taole M, Bihon W, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ, Burgess TI. (2015) Multiple introductions from multiple sources: invasion patterns for an important Eucalyptus leaf pathogen. Ecology and Evolution 10.1002/ece3.1693 PDF
Stielow JB, Lévesque CA, Seifert KA, Meyer W, Irinyi L, Smits D, Renfurm R, Verkley GJM, Groenewald M, Chaduli D, Lomascolo A, Welti S, Lesage-Meessen L, Favel A, Al-Hatmi AMS, Damm U, Yilmaz N, Houbraken J, Lombard L, Quaedvlieg W, Binder M, Vaas LAI, Vu D, Yurkov A, Begerow D, Roehl O, Guerreiro M, Fonseca A, Samerpitak K, Van Diepeningen AD, Dolatabadi S, Moreno LF, Casaregola S, Mallet S, Jacques N, Roscini L, Egidi E, Bizet C, Garcia-Hermoso D, Martín MP, Deng S, Groenewald JZ, Boekhout T, De Beer ZW, Barnes I, Duong TA, Wingfield MJ, De Hoog GS, Crous PW, Lewis CT, Hambleton S, Moussa TAA, Al-Zahrani HS, Almaghrabi OA, Louis-Seize G, Assabgui R, McCormick W, Omer G, Dukik K, Cardinali G, Eberhardt U, De Vries M, Robert V. (2015) One fungus, which genes? Development and assessment of universal primers for potential secondary fungal DNA barcodes. Persoonia 10.3767/003158515X689135 PDF

FABI Events

2015-10-14 11h00 Special Seminar FABI seminar room File

Enrique Ibarra-Laclette (ResearchGate profile) - The avocado genome (progress report)

Claudia-Anahí Perez-Torres (ResearchGate profile) - Phosphorous uptake in plants. Perspectives for the near future

2015-10-15 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Gabrielle Carstensen
Kavani Sanasi - Ophiostomatoid fungi associated with pine-infesting bark beetles in Guatemala.
Riaan Swanepoel - Title pending
Marius Laubscher - Investigation of the role of Eucalyptus grandis transcription factors EgrNAC61 and EgrNAC26 in secondary cell wall biosynthesis.
Ronel Roberts - Title pending